For the month of April, MOPLA will be taking over the art installation in the lobby of the LINE Hotel Los Angeles.
Cody Bratt (b.1982) is a fourth generation photographic artist whose portfolio emcompasses the genres of landscape, portrait, experimental photography. “Love We Leave Behind” is Cody’s debut monograph due out in May 2018 from Fraction. In 2016, LensCulture named him one of their Emerging 50. Cody’s photographs have exhibited and published internationally including New York City, Berlin, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, England and Italy.
“Love We Leave Behind” explores the emotional journeys we take in the aftermath of fervent love, which is often as damaging as it is intoxicating.
Born from revisited memories, the photographs don’t mark literal or specific moments, but are meant to be interpreted as an ambiguous state of mind, as evidenced through both their individual subject matter and their sequencing. The recognizable visual tableaus created by headlights on the open road during late night drives or by rundown motel rooms are interspersed with occasional moments of bright hope and clarity. These places create a backdrop for a darkness that changes not only our circumstances, but who we are.
The intertwined threads of landscapes and portrait imagery merge distinct image making processes to render a lyrical, although never reliably factual, sense of searching, discovery and loss inherent to finding the strength to break away.
On view until April 16, 2018.
Image © Cody Bratt